Wood Nettle, Laportea canadensis, this plant will sting you but you can bite it back and it doesn’t taste all that bad. The leaves are rich in vitamins A and C, iron and protein. The young shoots can be simmered and a tea can be made out of the shoots and leaves. Medicinally it has been used to reduce fever, facilitate childbirth and induce urination. The fibers have been used to make cordage, clothing, baskets, netting and a lot more.
Keep your eyes and ears open and your powder dry!
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